Black-Throated Wind

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"Black-Throated Wind"
Studio by Bob Weir from the album Ace
Genre Rock
Length 5:42
Label Grateful Dead Records
Writer(s) Bob Weir, John Perry Barlow

"Black-Throated Wind" is the second track from Grateful Dead member Bob Weir's solo debut, Ace. The song was written by Weir and lyricist John Perry Barlow about the experiences Barlow had on a road trip from New York to San Francisco in 1971. Barlow has said that the experience was "right out of Easy Rider,"[1] in that he was accosted by locals in the American South for having long hair.

The song was performed by the Grateful Dead frequently in 1972, as heard on the live Europe '72 Volume 2, Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72, Dick's Picks Volume 24, and Dick's Picks Volume 30. It also appears twice on Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings. In addition, as part of the band's set at Winterland in October 1974, it appears on the Grateful Dead's fifth live album, Steal Your Face, released in 1976. The song was dropped from the setlist after 1974, and then was played occasionally after 1990. Featured on 30 Trips Around the Sun September 10, 1991 live from Madison Square Garden.

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